Iranian Canadians

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Iranian Canadians
ایرانیان کانادا
Total population
(205,000 (2015 estimate)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Richmond Hill, Toronto, West Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa

Persian, Canadian English

Azerbaijani, Armenian, Kurdish, and other languages of Iran. (see Languages of Iran).
Twelver Shi'a Islam, Irreligion, Sunni Islam, Bahá'í Faith, Christianity (Protestantism and Catholicism), Judaism, and Zoroastrianism

Iranian Canadians or Persian Canadians[2][3] are citizens of Canada whose national background is traced from Iran or people possessing Iranian and Canadian dual citizenship.[4] from the 2006 Canadian census and the main communities can be found in Southern Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec; the vast majority, however, live in the northern suburbs of Toronto such as Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, and Thornhill, and in the municipalities of Vancouver such as: North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam. An estimated total of 46,255 Iranians currently reside in the Greater Toronto Area, 29,265 in the Greater Vancouver Area, 9,535 in the Greater Montreal Area, and the remainder are spread out in the other major cities in Canada based on the 2006 Canadian Census.

However, these numbers only represent the people who immigrated from Iran (Persia) and filled out the census survey. There are an estimated 50,000 more Iranians who did not fill out the survey and were born outside Iran including Canada.[citation needed] Estimated numbers for Toronto are around 65,000; in Vancouver they range up to 40,000 and in Montreal there are not more than 15,000.[citation needed]

Notable Canadians of Iranian descent[edit]

Editorial team of Shahrvand weekly in Toronto, the largest Persian newspaper in Canada


Persian Plaza in Toronto's Yonge Street (North York Section), 2014

Art and literature[edit]

Relief sculpture with Persian Imperial Guardsman, 5th century BC, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


Beauty pageants[edit]


The Ghermezians, an Iranian-Canadia family, own the West Edmonton Mall.




ITC TV, one of the Persian-language TV stations in Toronto

Various Persian-language media (including TV and newspapers) are active in Canada, including Shahrvand and Salam Toronto, which cover local events as well.[9]


Mehran Moridi, Iranian-born Canadian politician


Grand Ayatollah Seyed Reza Hosseini Nassab, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-02-26. 
  2. ^ "PM meets with representatives of the Persian-Canadian community - Prime Minister of Canada". 2009-08-04. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Nazanin Afshin-Jam: TD Bank 'Misinterpreting' Iran Sanctions In Shutting Persian-Canadians' Accounts". 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories - 20% sample data". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Payam Akhavan". Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ McNair, Brian (28 May 2015). "Oshawa's Khashayar Farzam puts power into lifting". Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  8. ^ "گفتگو با خشایار فرزام قهرمان وزنه برداری کانادا -Salam Toronto Weekly Newspaper (Farsi) - Bringing you the latest Iranian-Canadian News from Toronto in Persian". Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Shahrvand Profile". Canadian Minority Media Database. 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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